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Broken glass scatters on the ground outside of the Kung Fu Tea store in Columbia, Md. that was burglarized early morning on Feb. 12th, 2021, the day of Lunar New Year. Hate crimes against Asian Americans have increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Asian American hate crimes skyrocket during COVID-19

By Jeremy Chung, Staff Writer March 1, 2021

On Feb. 12, three Asian-owned restaurants at Columbia Mall in Howard County were looted and vandalized. This was heartbreaking for the Asian community since it occurred during the Lunar New Year, a holiday...

Books like The Midnight Library by Matt Haig can be read on Kindle or paperback. The unique plot will surely make time pass quickly.

The best books to read during quarantine boredom

By Emily Zhang, Features Editor February 24, 2021

Bored in quarantine? Sit back and enjoy being transported into another world. Here is a list of four books from a variety of genres perfect for some quarantine binging.  “The Midnight Library”-...

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Diversity in ABC’s “The Bachelor” has increased but still has a long way to go

By Rachel Mattison, Assistant Advertising & Subscriptions Manager February 22, 2021

43 leads, 41 seasons, 18 years, two formats and one franchise that millions love. The Bachelor franchise, composed of the shows “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” has amassed millions of fans...

Pop for a Cause, created by Amanda Kossoff, offers popcorn in many flavors, such as zebra and kettle, in many different sizes for all type of gatherings or parties.

Pop for a Cause: a healthy, delicious way to give back and make a difference

By Jordan Pashkoff, Assistant Online Editor February 22, 2021

Drizzled in chocolate or caramel, sprinkled with crushed Oreos or plain, air-popped popcorn is one of the most versatile snacks. WCHS sophomore Amanda Kossoff, who started Pop for a Cause, uses that to...

The perfect valentine for your signficant other is flowers and these Hershey Kisses Roses: Milk Chocolate Meltaway. The chocolates mimic the appearance of a rose and have a delish creamy taste that will get you in the spirit for Valentine's Day.

Have a sweet Valentine’s Day with these delicious treats

By Ava Freeman, Online Editor-in-Chief February 14, 2021

Valentine’s Day is known for many different things: cupid, roses, hearts and of course, love to name a few. But aside from these classic symbols, one of the best parts of this romantic holiday is that...

Celebrate the season of love with the Observer's own Spotify playlist. With songs selected by each staff member, this is the perfect for any member of the WCHS community to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Enjoy Valentine’s Day with the Observer staff’s favorite love songs

By Trevor Gardemal, Social Media Manager February 14, 2021

Valentine’s Day is the time of love. Whether you’re in love, practice self-love, or just love candy this time of year is surrounded by it. And what better way to experience and express love than through...

The best rom-coms to watch during the Valentine’s Day season

By Ela Jalil, News Editor February 14, 2021

Valentine’s Day can be a touchy subject for those that don’t have a special someone to celebrate the holiday with. However, a good romantic comedy can get you to laugh, cry, and believe that true love...

Pictured above, the design of the Great Beyond was one of the most intriguing parts of the film. The contrast it has to the setting of Earth gives it a surreal picture that was very different from the portrayal of the afterlife in other movies.

Pixar dives into unexplored territory with “Soul”

By Ryan Weiner, Assistant News Editor February 9, 2021

When companies part from what they are known for, the result is almost never pretty. There is the Amazon Fire Phone, Mobile ESPN (a phone, not the app), the Keurig KOLD, the list goes on. This is no different...

Deli poses with the 2 books she got in the mail. A book lover who owns over a hundred books, she was super excited to receive and read books she does not own yet.

“Feelin My Shelf” gives English teachers a way to stay connected during the pandemic

By Emily Zhang, Features Editor February 8, 2021

14 English teachers; a myriad of books- the “Feelin My Shelf” book exchange brought the English department closer despite not being able to physically see each other. Jennifer Miller, the WCHS English...

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DC Comics takes another step backward with “Wonder Woman 1984″

By Jasper Bernstein, Observations Editor February 7, 2021

It’s always hard when companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars on the production of a subpar movie. With “Wonder Woman 1984,” DC Films wasted a huge opportunity to create a trendsetting movie...

Tova Niles sits on the bus with a friend on the way to sleep away camp. She had attended for five summers in a row before it being cancelled last year.

Students prepare for another uncertain summer due to COVID-19

By Rachel Mattison, Assistant Advertising & Subscriptions Manager January 31, 2021

Camps closed, travel halted, internships canceled and jobs difficult to find--the scene of summer 2020 looked significantly different than anyone could have imagined. Many plans for summer 2020 were put...

Many prominent social media companies, such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter have banned users that do not follow their user policy. Tech giants have an obligation to suspend the accounts that violate their guidelines.

Social media companies should ban inappropriate users

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Online Editor January 27, 2021

Twitter, Instagram and other major social media companies banned President Trump and his fellow supporters from their platform days after the horrifying Jan. 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol riot, sparking controversy...

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